Congratulations on your new family member! Or perhaps it is a promotion that has gotten you all excited. Well – whatever the case, we have an idea of what you are likely thinking. You finally have enough money for that down payment and you can buy your dream house. However, for that to happen, you need to make sure that your current house gets sold for the right price.
Renovating the kitchen, re-painting the walls, installing new light bulbs are all part of the interior staging process. What about the exterior? Your home’s curb appeal plays a huge role in helping you sell the house for top dollar. It makes your house stand out on the block and some careful renovations and repairs have a 60% to 90% money back guarantee.
Following are five tips that will not just improve the curb appeal of your house, but will also bring in a nice profit on the sale:
1. Start with the Landscaping Basics
Landscaping design should be at the top of your list, as it is the first thing buyers notice. It’s a good idea to make some additions to it every now and then because this renovation offers a 100% ROI. The small touches here will go a long way in impressing the client when they will walk up the pavement to the front door. Here’s how to give your landscape a picture perfect look:
- Flagstone walkway (a designable pathway that leads up to the entrance of the house)
- Stone planters (line the pathway with large colorful stones)
- Flowering shrubs between the stone planters
- Quality mulch in the lawn, so that the lawn grass stays green and fresh (this also stops weed from growing and preserves moisture)
Optional: If you have the budget, a center piece for the landscape is a great idea to create something different and beautiful. It can be anything from a small fountain to planters placed strategically with flower pots forming a unique design.
2. A Grand Entrance
For a grand entrance, you only need to make a few changes, which include re-painting the door a vibrant color, placing a new mat, hanging a wreath on the door and placing two flower pots on either side of the door.
3. Garden Maintenance
The ultimate curb appeal is brought by the garden, which is lucky for you, and gives 100% ROI. Make sure that there are no weeds or dead plants in sight and if you want to make a few additions, better go with wild plants. They do not require much maintenance or water and can thrive in cold, as well as hot water.
4. Lawn Maintenance
Need a barefoot-friendly lawn? The 4 rules to maintaining your lawn are rake, weed, aerate and fertilize. Turn on the sprinklers 30 minutes before the buyer arrives. This will make the grass sparkle and create an appealing, magical illusion.
5. Build a Deck
A deck gives you 80% ROI and makes for a great addition, if you are planning to sell your house to a family with kids. You can either make the deck a dinner spot, with classic wood furniture or you can make it a cozy relaxing spot with a swing and an L-shaped deck sofa.
All of these curb appeal renovations guarantee that the buyer will be impressed with the effort you have put in to make this house a comfortable home. So rest assured, as soon as your house go on the market, you very possibly could start getting offers.